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Pagosa resident places two photographs in Southwest Colorado Exhibition

The Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) and Denver International Airport (DIA) announced that the photography entries submitted by Al Olson, of Pagosa Springs, were selected to be part of the 2009 CREATIVE CAPITOL —Southwest Colorado Exhibition.

The work will be displayed at Denver International Airport from September through November 2009, then exhibited at the State Capitol from December through February 2010.

One black and white print, “Abandoned House in Minnie Gulch,” was captured in a canyon northeast of Howardsville, Colo. The other features Cutthroat Castle, one of the many tower ruins at Hovenweep National Monument.

For the past several years Olson has been concentrating on large format film photography with black and white infrared films. These films are sensitized to include a portion of the infrared (invisible) spectrum. When the visible light is removed by use of an infrared filter, blue skies photograph as black and healthy plants containing chlorophyll radiate a bright glow, conveying a sense of drama to the image.

These two prints are currently being shown in Olson’s exhibit at The Pagosa Photography Studio and Gallery across the street from the county courthouse.